Footprint Reports for Countries and Regions

Global Footprint Network has contributed National Footprint Accounts data and original content and analysis to many regional and global publications. Below are summaries and links to some of our most recent and relevant Ecological Footprint reports. Translated versions of these reports, along with additional reports and publications, can be found on our page Publications.

Living Planet Report 2010

Global Footprint Network has been co-authoring WWF’s Living Planet Reports for over ten years. The Living Planet Report 2010 shows that if current trends don’t change humanity will be demanding 2 planets worth of resources by the mid 2030s. The report includes updated Ecological Footprint and biocapacity data for 150 countries, projections for 2050, and suggested pathways for humanity to change course towards one planet living. Download the Living Planet Report 2010

China

In the last in the last 50 years, China has soared from being one of the more moderate consumers of the planet’s resources to one of the largest, according to the Report on Ecological Footprint in China, which was released in June 2008 by Global Footprint Network, WWF China, and CCICED (China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development), a Chinese government advisory group. The report’s findings underscore the crucial role China will play in addressing the major resource challenges humanity faces in the 21st century.

China’s Ecological Footprint has quadrupled in the last four decades, with the country now demanding more from the planet than any nation except the United States. If China were to follow the consumption patterns of the United States, it would demand the available biocapacity of the entire planet. This is likely to be a physical impossibility for China, and for the other nations of the world. In contrast, if China can model a new development path that achieves environmental quality and human well-being, it will lead the way for the world as a whole.

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Africa

Footprint Factbook: Africa 2009 – Published in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, UNESCO, the Development Cooperation Directorate of the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), the Africa Factbook reports key indicators on human development, economic and ecological performance. Data on 24 different countries across the continent are included, along with guest essays by local representatives exploring on-the-ground challenges in each country.



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Africa: Ecological Footprint and Human Well-being, offering the first in-depth look at the Ecological Footprint of Africa and its constituent countries, was released in the fall of 2008 by Global Footprint Network and WWF. The report reveals that while Africans per capita consume very little of the world’s biological resources, the region's growing population is bringing it close to reaching it’s ecological limits. The report examines the role natural resources can play in advancing -- or, if mismanaged, in thwarting -- the region’s goals to end poverty and disease. The report is the result of a multi-year effort by Global Footprint Network and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to explore how ecological limits apply and relate to human development in Africa.

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Canada

According to the Canadian Living Planet Report 2007, if everyone lived like Canadians, we would need 4.3 Earths to support us. The report, released by Global Footprint Network and WWF Canada, reveals that while Canada is endowed with abundant natural resources, it also has the 4th highest Ecological Footprint per person of all nations. Results reveal that, with an Ecological Footprint of 7.6 global hectares per person, Canada is using resources and turning them into waste at a much higher rate than the global average. The report uses both the Living Planet Index (which measures trends in biodiversity) and the Ecological Footprint to detail the changing nature of our planet and describes how our planetary bank account is currently being overdrawn.

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Europe

The growing economic strength of the European Union has doubled the ecological pressure on the planet in the past 30 years, according to the report, Europe 2007 - Gross Domestic Product and Ecological Footprint, released by Global Footprint Network and WWF. Despite technological advances, environmental pressure has been growing at a faster rate than the European population, creating a deficit of natural resources for the rest of the world and for future generations. The report compares the performance of EU countries in three key areas since 1971: economic growth measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), pressure on natural resources measured by Ecological Footprint, and human development measured by the UN’s Human Development Index. The report was released at the historic Beyond GDP Conference in Brussels in November of 2007.